First Lady Michelle Obama tried to jump her way into the record books today, leading over 400 school children in a minute of jumping jacks on the White House South Lawn in an effort to break a Guinness World Record and get kids excited about exercising.
“I am the first lady and I get to do a lot of cool things, but this is really exciting. I never thought in my entire life that I would be here today to break a Guinness World Record and I’m doing it here with all of you and that makes it even more fun,” she said.
Mrs. Obama led the children in a minute of continuous jumping jacks, launching a global effort to break the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. However, to break the record the first lady needs to inspire more than 20,000 people from around the world to get on their feet and jump for a minute before Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.
“You are part of something that’s happening all around the world. Isn’t that exciting,” Mrs. Obama told the children, ages 8 to 14.
The “Let’s Jump!” program, led by National Geographic Kids, is part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative and her effort to inspire children to lead healthier lives. “‘Let’s Move!’ is about kids eating healthy and moving and staying active so you all are ready for life and for all the challenges that you’re going to face,” she said.
“What we’re going to show people today is that moving is fun. You can do it just dancing around in your backyard, you can get moving if you’re walking your dog, or you get moving doing some jumping jacks. There are so many ways to keep moving,” the first lady said.